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And here we are

And here we are

November 18, 2016 |  Category:   life

I didn’t mean to be so silent here after the election, but after actively engaging in conversations on social media immediately following the results, I think I needed to step back after the initial shock and anger. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still angry and disappointed that Trump is our president-elect, but the initial numbness and shock of last Wednesday has finally worn off and now I’m feeling overwhelmed at the sheer number of articles, essays and opinions that are flying across my feeds everyday. I needed to shut everything off for awhile and refocus on life (which has gotten very overwhelming if I’m being honest). It also seemed wrong not to address the election here, so I’m just going… CONTINUE READING

reawakening the inner artist

reawakening the inner artist

November 1, 2016 |  Category:   art + design life me

In many ways, this year hasn’t gone the way that I thought it might. I’m not sure what I expected when my start up job ended back in May and I transitioned back to freelance and our bakery biz, but I thought I would have more time than I ended up having. But as it goes, you can neither predict nor totally control life. There are many things that I can’t cross off my list this year, but the one thing I can cross off is that I’ve started to draw and paint again. I wasn’t even sure I knew how anymore, but as it turns out, drawing is a bit like riding a bike – you never really forget… CONTINUE READING

Watkins Glen. Waterfall magic in upstate NY.

Watkins Glen. Waterfall magic in upstate NY.

October 19, 2016 |  Category:   life travels

When we visited Letchworth State Park earlier in the year, we could only imagine how beautiful it must be in the Fall when the leaves turned golden. We didn't return to that particular park on a recent trip upstate, but New York in the Finger Lakes region is so abundant with gorges and waterfalls that visiting all the state parks in the region will keep us busy for years. About 4 hours north of NYC, just south of Seneca Lake, is Watkins Glen. The centerpiece of the park is the narrow gorge which was carved by glaciers. Waterfalls cascade down in a series of pools and the gorge trail is an intricate walkway of stone steps and bridges along the… CONTINUE READING

Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the US

Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the US

September 21, 2016 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

It often starts with a photo. A photo of a place that seems so unreal, I need to see it for myself. And sometimes, that is how I plan our summer trips back to Washington. Luckily for us, there is so much to see in the Pacific Northwest that our annual summer trips to visit family don’t feel the same every year. It’s enabled us to travel affordably and still feel like we got away. And Cape Flattery? It’s one of those places that we keep saying we should visit, even when we lived in Washington. But honestly? I’m not sure I would have appreciated it as much when I was younger. There’s something about having lived through all the… CONTINUE READING

Sunset at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

Sunset at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

September 14, 2016 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

As much as we can try and document certain places for the benefit of others to enjoy (or for ourselves to remember later), photos often fail to convey the beauty and thrill of an experience. I think a view might be better appreciated when you work for it by hiking miles or straight up a side of a mountain – it’s a reward. But let’s talk about this view! I loved this sunset hike on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. In a last minute change of schedule, we decided to drive here for the sunset rather than hiking the ridge in the morning, mostly because we wanted to participate in the stargazing program after sundown. Aside from a few… CONTINUE READING

summer’s midpoint, and chasing sunsets

summer’s midpoint, and chasing sunsets

August 2, 2016 |  Category:   life

Taking any kind of extended leave from full time employment is a delicate dance between truly enjoying myself and suppressing any feelings of guilt for taking time off. To be fair, it wasn’t entirely intentional. But summer dictates its own unique rhythm and pace in terms of freelance work (clients don’t seem to be in any kind of hurry) and thus, I’ve had more free time on my hands than anticipated. If I’m counting myself as my own client in terms of my impossibly long list of tasks for our business, I’m guilty of some serious procrastination myself. But if there’s any season that’s best to slow down, wouldn’t it be summer? Ironically, trying to slow down life might just… CONTINUE READING

desserts, lately

desserts, lately

July 25, 2016 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts cooking life

Mark and I have been making desserts almost weekly this summer, most of which we’ll create stories for on Snapchat and then post on Instagram. The seasonal fruits and flowers found at the markets these days are hard to resist! And I’ve taken advantage of my free(er) time to work on photo and food styling skills. We’re not food bloggers – every project takes a long time to set up, style and document – and we’ve quickly realized that you could just do this full time if food blogging was your thing. But it’s been fun to devote some time every week to fun food and Mark gets to make something other than cookies (ha!). The camomile that we bought… CONTINUE READING

Lavender fields on the North Shore, LI

Lavender fields on the North Shore, LI

July 13, 2016 |  Category:   life outings seasonal

Have you ever stood in the middle of a lavender field? It’s an experience that feeds all the senses. The blooming season is quite short though, and we’ve missed it the last couple of years, but I made sure to mark the season on my calendar because I’ve been wanting to go back for years. The lavender farm closest to us is located on the North Shore of Long Island. If you’re driving from the city, it’s a couple of hours drive, but you can make a nice day trip of it and visit farm stands, wineries and all the charming towns that line the North Fork. It’s one of our favorite places to go in the New York area.… CONTINUE READING

We’re all in this together

We’re all in this together

July 9, 2016 |  Category:   life

I'm sure you've been reading and watching the news. Everyone has. It's a really confusing and sad time for our country when it feels like nothing has changed from our past, doesn't it? But while we still have a lot of work to do (STILL! In 2016!) of course some things have changed; it's just easy to forget when we're seeing such terrifying events unfold. I still have hope. We need to have hope. It's the only thing sometimes that propels us forward. By the way, I was so happy to see this. As a non-white person, but one who may sometimes be viewed as a person of privilege among people of color, it's sometimes confusing to make sense… CONTINUE READING

NYC in the summer: Museum Mile Festival

NYC in the summer: Museum Mile Festival

June 23, 2016 |  Category:   life nyc outings

This photo that I posted on Instagram last week from the Museum Mile Festival is a perfect snapshot of a NYC summer moment. If you’re from here, or have ever visited during the summer months, you may know what I mean. There’s a certain energy and a feeling of endless possibilities in early summer here in NYC – before New Yorkers get tired of the heat and the smells and the humidity, which thankfully, hasn’t descended on us yet. As days stretch longer into the evening hours, that light at dusk lingers and bathes the city all golden. It’s almost a shame to be inside at this hour. June is also a month of transitions and it always catches me… CONTINUE READING

the funny thing about time

the funny thing about time

June 14, 2016 |  Category:   life

It’s been a little over a month since the big change and I’ve been thinking about the way in which I’ve been spending my days and what my definition of productivity means. I think the most challenging thing about working for myself and from home again is to make sure there is some semblance of a structured daily schedule, otherwise it’s far too easy to let the day get away from you. With a blink of an eye, 6pm could be staring back at you leaving you wondering where the day went. To be honest, though I am making sure to set aside time for some relaxing and soul-feeding activities (I’m exploring art again, but that is a different post… CONTINUE READING

Late Spring, in all its seasonal glory

Late Spring, in all its seasonal glory

June 1, 2016 |  Category:   life nyc seasonal

The farmers markets around the city are bursting with seasonal produce and flowers lately and we’ve been picking up fiddleheads, ramps, lilacs and any other goodies that catch our eye. Even though my office was near Union Square and I’d walk through the market every Monday to and from work, the market on Saturdays is much bigger with a lot more farmers. Our favorite recent purchase were these camomile flowers. We made a few desserts with the edible flowers that I’ll post at a later date, but if you follow us on Instagram or Snapchat, then you’ve seen some of our recent little food projects. I think the biggest surprise was the long line for peonies at one of the… CONTINUE READING

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